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The qualifying round for the 1972 European Football Championship consisted of 32 teams divided into eight groups of four teams. Each group winner progressed to the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through, to the final tournament.[1]

UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates7 October 1970 – 17 May 1972
Teams32
Tournament statistics
Matches played105
Goals scored282 (2.69 per match)
Top scorer(s)West Germany Gerd Müller (7 goals)
1968
1976

Contents

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Belgium (host) Play-off winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
  Soviet Union Play-off winner 13 May 1972 3 (1960, 1964, 1968)
  West Germany Play-off winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
  Hungary Play-off winner 17 May 1972 1 (1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.

TiebreakersEdit

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

GroupsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Romania 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 9 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–0 3–0
2   Czechoslovakia 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 9 1–0 1–0 1–1
3   Wales 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 5 0–0 1–3 3–0
4   Finland 6 0 1 5 1 16 −15 1 0–4 0–4 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Hungary 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 9 Advance to play-offs 2–0 1–1 4–0
2   Bulgaria 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 7 3–0 2–1 1–1
3   France 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 7 0–2 2–1 3–1
4   Norway 6 0 1 5 5 18 −13 1 1–3 1–4 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   England 6 5 1 0 15 3 +12 11 Advance to play-offs 1–1 3–0 5–0
2    Switzerland 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 9 2–3 1–0 5–0
3   Greece 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5 3 0–2 0–1 2–0
4   Malta 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1 0–1 1–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Soviet Union 6 4 2 0 13 4 +9 10 Advance to play-offs 2–1 1–0 6–1
2   Spain 6 3 2 1 14 3 +11 8 0–0 3–0 7–0
3   Northern Ireland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6 1–1 1–1 5–0
4   Cyprus 6 0 0 6 2 26 −24 0 1–3 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Belgium 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 9 Advance to play-offs 3–0 3–0 2–0
2   Portugal 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7 1–1 2–0 5–0
3   Scotland 6 3 0 3 4 7 −3 6 1–0 2–1 1–0
4   Denmark 6 1 0 5 2 11 −9 2 1–2 0–1 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Italy 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 2–2 3–0 3–0
2   Austria 6 3 1 2 14 6 +8 7 1–2 1–0 6–0
3   Sweden 6 2 2 2 3 5 −2 6 0–0 1–0 1–0
4   Republic of Ireland 6 0 1 5 3 17 −14 1 1–2 1–4 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Yugoslavia 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 9 Advance to play-offs 2–0 0–0 0–0
2   Netherlands 6 3 1 2 18 6 +12 7 1–1 3–2 6–0
3   East Germany 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 7 1–2 1–0 2–1
4   Luxembourg 6 0 1 5 1 23 −22 1 0–2 0–8 0–5
Source: UEFA

Group 8Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   West Germany 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 0–0 1–1 2–0
2   Poland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6 1–3 5–1 3–0
3   Turkey 6 2 1 3 5 13 −8 5 0–3 1–0 2–1
4   Albania 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 3 0–1 1–1 3–0
Source: UEFA

Play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Italy   1–2   Belgium 0–0 1–2
Hungary   5–4   Romania 1–1 2–2 2–1
England   1–3   West Germany 1–3 0–0
Yugoslavia   0–3   Soviet Union 0–0 0–3

GoalscorersEdit

There were 282 goals scored in 105 matches, for an average of 2.69 goals per match.

7 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Tabeira, Martín (31 January 2007). "European Championship 1972". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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